Resources Featuring Alistair’s Work
The Roaring Jack Archives began as a fan’s tribute site for Alistair’s mid-eighties punk folk band Roaring Jack, but has now grown into a much-visited repository of rogue folk memorabilia. As well as links to interesting RJ related stuff, The Archives provides a chat line and info service for those who like their folk music fast, loud and furious, and also carries a mail order purchases page for buying Alistair Hulett albums Down Under. Also at The Roaring Jack Archives is The Roaring Jack Blog
The Mudcat Café is a handy place to locate the lyrics of many of the traditional songs that Alistair has performed and recorded alongside his own compositions over the years. Its associated Digital Folk Song Data Base often provides melodies along with the texts. You could live for several months in this fascinating website.
Giving Voice Workshops seeks to stimulate and develop an understanding and appreciation of political song across all genres of song and music, nationally and internationally, current and past, from the far left to the far right. The work of Giving Voice Workshops is inspired by a belief in participatory learning, empowerment through inclusion, and an ethos of social justice for all.
The Music Well is an artist-run Internet radio station that also provides a mail order service for several of Alistair’s albums and occasionally plays tracks from them on its Billboard. The programmes on this station feature the best of the folk music being played around the festivals and folk clubs in Britain and Ireland today, as well as broadcasting instrument workshops from some of the artists involved in running the station.
Shite ‘n’ Onions features publications following Celtic punk. News, reviews and tour dates are available, as is the regular Shite ‘n’ Onions podcast.
Scallywag Radio Podcast with Barnacle Brian is another offshoot from the online fanzine Shite ‘n’ Onions that regularly plays Roaring Jack and Alistair Hulett albums.
Pure Brilliant Podcast is another US based station that has prominently featured Ally’s music over recent times. DJ Presenter Hugh Morrison is a Scot with excellent taste in all kinds of folk-based indie music and squeezebox player with the Texas band, Murder The Stout.
ISA Music (UK)
Four Dogs Music (UK and WorldWide)
Footstompin’ Celtic Music (SCO)
Musikfolk Limited (ENG)
The Living Tradition (UK)
www.shitenonions.com AK Press (USA)
Marbecks Records (NZ)
Musicians Involved with Alistair Hulett
Nuemmes is a communist street band from Berlin that is guaranteed to liven up any left wing demo anywhere.
Niamh Parsons along with her partner Graham Dunne form the Irish contingent of The Shamrock Thistle and Rose, featuring Alistair as resident thorn. Niamh has recorded three Hulett songs on her latest album. See Niamh’s discography for more details.
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan are the other two members of the Shamrock Thistle and Rose show that you’ll find reviewed in the Articles and Interviews section of this site. They have also included one of Ally’s songs on their latest release, making it two covers they’ve recorded so far.
For 50 plus years Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk & Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers.
Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism.
Check the Links page on The Roaring Jack Archives for a whole host of other excellent stuff to click on and enjoy.